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  1. Paul, Thanks, I will take a closer look at the Scotty system... a much better idea than buying than Scotty's!
  2. Just looking for new ideas to make this autostop work better. The stock design of using a crimp to hold the autostop bead in place is not good. I had the cable break at the crimp last fall and lost my probe accordingly. I have been unable to get any satisfaction from Big Jon for this shoddy design. Does anyone have any ideas out there on how to make the system work better without this risk?
  3. I'm guessing a pair of 250 Yami's on the back? It won't be easy to maneuver a 30 footer with them... my stern drives do a great job on the 25 footer backing into the dock, but in a crosswind, once the bow starts to go, it goes in a hurry and I can't get out of it. You'll just have a higher Grady bow to catch the wind and even more mass... you learn to compensate the best you can. Where will you be docking?
  4. John, Look at you! Guess you did step up! Anyway, not certain that it is a problem, but you might want to pose the question on the Great Grady forum.
  5. Yes... the lake claimed another probe, but at least I had a backup! Unfortunately, the Fish Gods were not kind in allowing that 37 lber to jump on the line after the sacrifice.... I tried!
  6. Forgot... one more thing to add and give credit to Rich for stopping me short of the river to work some less travelled water!
  7. Anthony, Yeah... my hunch did not pan out with big fish, but at least there was action and I didn't have to run very far on a short morning. You guys still drew 7 bites with your decisions which is not a bad morning at all, just that the boating percentage was not as good. If you boated 2 or 3 more of those bites, then the day has an entirely different spin on it. No matter what, we're closing out on another great season out there and all getting to know each other better which is only going to help in the coming years with keeping reliable reports for our area coming in. That's the whole point of this board... we all need to report the good the bad and the ugly no matter what!
  8. Fishing Report Your Name / Boat Name: UpGrady ============== TRIP OVERVIEW ============== Date(s): 9/7 Time on Water: 6-10am Weather/Temp: 55-70 deg Wind Speed/Direction: SE Light Waves: Minimal NE Ground Swell Surface Temp: 74 Location: Between IBay and River LAT/LONG (GPS Cords): =============== FISHING RESULTS =============== Total Hits: 8 Total Boated: 6 Species Breakdown: 3 King 3 Steelie Hot Lure: 42 Second Spoon, No See Um Spinnie and Fly Trolling Speed: 2.2-2.7 Down Speed: 2.2-2.7 Boat Depth: 80-100 fow Lure Depth: 60' riggers, 130' Mag Wire Diver, 10 color Core, 150' #3 Fireline Diver ==================== SUMMARY & FURTHER DETAILS ==================== Fished with Just Fishin' Rich and Zebedee Jason this morning, Picked away at the fish all morning, screen was decent with bait and fish, temps were in the 50-60' range, so were the active fish. Nothing real big, small steelies (3-4lbs), 2 smaller kings (Skippie and 7 lbs) and one ugly 20lb Male King. Dumped two on the core and the Fireline diver which were taking line, so likely bigger salmon, but were not one long enough to tell for sure.
  9. Fishing Report Your Name / Boat Name: UpGrady ============== TRIP OVERVIEW ============== Date(s): 8/29 AM Time on Water: 6-10am Weather/Temp: 65 deg cloudy- showers Wind Speed/Direction: SE 10-15 Waves: 2-3' NE Ground Swell, 1' chop Surface Temp: 71 Deg Location: IBay to Hedges LAT/LONG (GPS Cords): =============== FISHING RESULTS =============== Total Hits: 3 Total Boated: 3 Species Breakdown: 1 brown, 2 Kings (Skippies no clips!) Hot Lure: DW SS, Evil Eye Trolling Speed: 2.0-3.0 Down Speed: 2.0-3.0 Boat Depth: 30'-110' Lure Depth: Sliders on 58' rigger (Skippies), Slider on 18' rigger (Brown) ==================== SUMMARY & FURTHER DETAILS ==================== Not alot to report, given the forecast, we (Just Fishin' Rich and I) made the commitment to fish the morning in less than 100 fow figuring that the upwelling would not have completely made the surface and brownies would be around and hopefully some big guys decided to start sniffing around the nearshore waters. Our condition assumptions were correct, temps were 15-25' down so we spend a good portion of the morning searching for brownies in 30-50 fow. Bait was in small bunches scattered throughout the areas fished, but very few individual fish marked and not much to show for our efforts. West blow on Sunday should restore order once again!
  10. Congrats Paul! It's been a great ride for me this summer as well, worth it all the way.... now go get some sleep and make sure you keep Dylan away from Felluca and Songin... that would be the life changing experience!
  11. Yes, probe is sold... I thought this thread was buried, I could not find it
  12. Foster, He's come and gone, July 31 thru Aug 4. We got out that Sunday for a few hours, his 5 year old caught a few small kings... it was pure chaos around the house with his two kids and our newborn, but very fun!
  13. One rogue 37lb fish will win it... 1st place will be 35lbs, 20th place will be about 31lbs
  14. Chris, Awesome! I never made it out fishing this weekend... we just swam and relaxed, had a few hours each day with the inlaws watching the baby... The offshore program was always interesting how one guy could whale the steelies and another the kings. It is completely speed related and not always fast versus slow for each species. The most obvious story I have for this one was back around 1990, I needed a day off, so my brother worked the charter in my place out at the Oak... it was a very foggy late August day after a northeast blow, they got into a very hot steelhead bite and were close to there 20 fish limit by 10am... I got out late and battled the fog with a few friends, set lines and immediately hooked up with a 33lb king, reset lines and hooked up with another big guy that weighed in at 33lbs as well. Both were just shy of top 20 material back then, but this day has always been a lesson as to how different it can be out there for two boats in the same area. I used to work for Butch on Shongo who was a textbook 2.2mph troller, but always had a good steelhead program and felt that once the steelhead started to go, then the Kings would follow as you began working waypoints and baitpods offshore. Great job on such a flat calm day out there!
  15. Guys... all great discussion and great points... we all know the safety factor of wearing a seat belt and a PFD, but it is NOT the role of the government to TELL me that I have to at all times and all places wear these things. I wear my seat belt 100% of the time, but not because big brother requires it, I will don a PFD if necessary due to water conditions or being in questionable situations, but I will NOT accept the government telling me that I MUST do these things at ALL times... the role of our Democratic government is NOT to legislate these types of things. We the People have allowed our elected officials to don the cap of a Socialist Dictatorship and infringe on our personal rights and decision making for these exact situations and I beleive that this is the original point of the start of this thread...
  16. This is when it becomes really bad... when "we the people" actually think and believe that more government and more regulations is always the best answer... what would Thomas Jefferson and George Washington think of what we have allowed our government to become?!? I have one word for you- PATHETIC!!!!
  17. Tom, that was me next to you first thing... glad you found a few there early on as well.
  18. Chris, Sounds like a broken record for me as well... good job! #1 echos true for this month especially... fish the screen... matures are staging and teenagers are searching for food, wherever the marks are, fish them... temperature is only a reference for a blank screen to feel good about your setup...
  19. Fishing Report Your Name / Boat Name: UpGrady ============== TRIP OVERVIEW ============== Date(s): 8/8/09 Time on Water: 6am-10am Weather/Temp: 65 deg Wind Speed/Direction: sw 10 Waves: 1' Surface Temp: 73 deg Location: River LAT/LONG (GPS Cords): N/A =============== FISHING RESULTS =============== Total Hits: 7 Total Boated: 5 Species Breakdown: 4 Kings, 1 Bow Hot Lure: NK28's NBK, 42 Second, 42 Second Spinnie w/ glo frog and green spinnie w/ hammer Trolling Speed: 2.2-2.8 Down Speed: 2.2-2.8 Boat Depth: 120-200' Lure Depth: 95-130' riggers, 230 & 260' mag divers #2 ==================== SUMMARY & FURTHER DETAILS ==================== Had my buddy Kurt and his 8 year old boy, connor out this morning, Set lines about 6am in front of the river in 120' on a north troll, screen was on fire, but no bites, turned south at 150' and the 95' rigger fires with a 5 lb king, got him in and then the 130' rigger starts screaming with Kurt on the rod, then the 230' wire goes and I'm helping Connor manage that rod when the 260' diver starts screaming.. we ended up losing the wire screamer, but boated the rigger as 17lb king and other wire as nice 7lb domestic bow... rergged and only pulled 2 more small 5lb kings and one other bite the remainde rof the morning. I am pretty certain that I setup next to Longline Tom and tried to hail him a few times dafter the firedrill only to realize an hour later that I had turned the volume down during the firedrill, so if you got back to me, my bad.. sorry! Anyway, good luck to anyone else out there, I heard a few reports that screens looked decent but bites werre few and far between, so my firedrill was right time and right place, thank god, it made the day!
  20. I'm sure the temps were real... West winds will do that... I would have rathered troll around for nothing than do what I was last night... getting my teeth cleaned and then cleaning the house after four days with 2 kids and 2 more adults in the house! Just keep the perspective, Rich!
  21. UpGrady : Fishing Report ============== TRIP OVERVIEW ============== Date(s): 8/2 Time on Water: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Temp/Weather: 70°F overcast, rain Wind Speed/Direction: (SW at variable MPH) Waves: 1' Surface Temp: 72°F Location: IBay Area LAT/LONG: (GPS Cords) =============== FISHING RESULTS =============== Total Hits: 7 Total Boated: 6 Species Breakdown: 5 Kings, 1 Steelie Hot Lure: NK28 and DW SS's Trolling Speed: 2.5 mph Down Speed: 2.5 mph Boat Depth: 120-420 ft Lure Depth: Mainlines 50-75' riggers and sliders, 180' Wire divers ==================== SUMMARY & FURTHER DETAILS ==================== Had my bro and his 5 year old out from South Carolina with a bit of a late start. No real rythm or rhyme today... random, inconsistent screen and bites... nothing big, kings were up to 12 lbs, steelie was about 6 lbs... slider and mainline bites. Temp was generally 50-70' down, screen was the same. 400' toward the end of the day was looking decent before some storms started brewing again and we had to run in.
  22. Chris, Great thoughts.. I can totally relate as I acquired my dad's old boat after he passed away 3 1/2 years ago and think about the old times everytime I'm out... they're looking down from above and smiling.... no doubt...
  23. Tom, Good question, I did not look closely at any of them to notice.
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